Puck Fair committee allays concerns over welfare of King Puck

The committee of Puck Fair has moved to allay concerns over the welfare of the King Puck mountain goat. It follows calls from an animal rights group to stop using the goat in the festival. Killorglin’s Puck Fair attracts up to 80,000 visitors to mid Kerry each year. Killorglin home of Puck Fair Yesterday, the Animal Rights Action Network called on Kerry County Council for a last minute suspension of Puck Fair’s licence. ARAN says the mountain goat is not used to such environments as it has been caught in the wild. The Puck Fair committee says the goat is kept in a paddock for three weeks in a farmyard prior to the festival to ensure he becomes familiar with his handlers and people in general. The animal is inspected thoroughly by a vet who issues a certificate of good health. The committee says the parade prior to the coronation of the goat is strictly stewarded with the public kept a minimum of five metres back from the goat stand. King Puck is on his platform over the town for 48 hours during which time he is checked three times a day, examined daily by a vet and fed and watered twice a day. The committee adds that special speakers are used for concerts so the noise does not disturb the goat.